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  1. hardman

    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    I've been planning a ride up to Timmins for this summer. I'll be taking mostly logging roads, but have noticed a hydro line service road which runs just north of Capreal and travels a fair ways north before hooking on to logging roads again.

    Has anyone traveled this route and can you give me any details about it?

    I'd like to know if it is fast moving or very slow do to being very rough? I recall the hydro service line at the Mazinaw rides you could really fly along.

    Interested in hearing any ones opinions. :)

    Thanks
  2. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    I've ridden up that way a fair bit. A couple years ago I did a 4 day ride with ARP from Sudbury to Timmins and back. We spent a night on the way up and the way back at Three Bears Camp in Shinning Tree which is the mid point. There is also gas just east of Shinning Tree.

    There are multiple route options going north from Hanmer and Capreol. Depends on the level of difficulty that you want. It is possible to do the whole route on decent gravel roads and even possible to do it in one day. That would be a long ride though!

    A lot of the route can be pretty remote. You probably wouldn't want to ride alone. And you would probably want to have a fuel range in the 250 to 300 km range.

    Here is a link to a ride report from our trip, viewtopic.php?f=12&t=19097

    When were you thinking of going?

    Brian
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Wow, nice report Brian! =D>

    Its the water sections on the hydro trail that I don't like. Are these sections very deep or could you go around them?

    I've been using Backroads Mapbooks software in Garmin BaseCamp to plan this route out. Also used Google Earth afterwards to follow (proof) the route and it seems fairly decent. From your pictures you posted it looks like you are able to ride along at a fairly fast clip without too much rugged stuff to slow you down.

    I've calculated the distance from Capreal to Hwy 560 on the map using BaseCamps measuring tool and the distance is 140km following the route. At 150km is where I usually have to switch over to reserve, which still should give me another 50 to 75kms to get to Shinning Tree for gas.

    The route from Hwy 560 to Timmons will be a main logging road straight up.

    I was planning to do this in the August long weekend and take an extra day or two, but whether the trip happens or not this year is still up in the air due to the business and family commitments.

    Thanks for your feedback. :)
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    Dood, that was only last year man. Where have you been, Mexico or somewhere?

    Hardman, just a heads up about the water. BH will tell you the same thing I've heard dozens of times... "Ah, I don't think its that bad so I think we should just keep going". It really depends on the seasons' rainfall (we've had more this year I think) and you have to watch the beaver dams don't make things worse for you. If you get too much water on the hydro trails it seems that there is usually a road or another way around. That's how we detoured the bog area that sent me over the bars. Turns out we didn't need to go that way anyway.

    I might be interested in tagging along again if you're interested. Not sure of my time off either but its definitely worth the effort because that's a great trip.
  5. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    Most of the route is generally faster riding stuff. Water levels vary from year to year but the last few times they have been quite low. It is possible to take a scenic gravel road from Capreol to Shining Tree and there are multiple options that can add a lot of time and difficulty to the ride.

    How hard of ride do you want? Were you planning on going alone?

    I think you're cutting it pretty close with your fuel range, especially if you're riding alone and taking a harder route. It's pretty easy to get lost up there with many of the roads looking the same. And if a section of trail were blocked and you had to back track you could find yourself getting very low.

    The route north of hwy 560 is nice gravel road which is fairly well travelled. There are other harder options north of hwy 560 as well.

    I can send you a couple tracks from the rides I've done up there.

    Brian
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    hardman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Brian

    I appreciate your input and concern.

    I do intend on traveling alone, after all that is part of the "adventure". I consider myself a fairly cautious rider and do not take unnecessary changes, but that's not to say accidents can't happen. I have purchased a SPOT unit in case of an emergency as well. Usually if I get into a tight situation, I will try to go around it and if the route becomes impassable, with the aid of my gps and BackRoads map book I can choose another route option(I always plan for additional route options just in case one is not feasible).

    One thing though, you've got me rethinking the gas situation and perhaps I should consider one of those side attached jerry cans.

    As mentioned earlier I'm intending on riding the August long weekend, plus a few days extra, but the ride is still up in the air whether this happens or not this year.

    If you can PM me your tracks, that would be great! :D

    Thanks
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    If you take the Portelance Road, you can drive a car all the way to Shining Tree.

    About 4 years ago I drove my Frontier to Shining Tree from Capreol and didn't go much slower than 50km/hr. Logging acivity is always changing which means so are the road conditions.